Updated on 09/16/2011 8:13AM

Day, Dollar Bill to reunite for Kentucky Cup Classic


Dollar Bill is scheduled to be reunited with jockey Pat Day in the Kentucky Cup Classic, the centerpiece of the $950,000, five-race series that will be run Saturday at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

Day was aboard Dollar Bill last year when the colt encountered numerous troubled trips leading into, and during, the 2001 Triple Crown. Day and trainer Dallas Stewart agreed thereafter that it would be best for all involved for the colt to get a new rider, but in seven subsequent races, Dollar Bill has won just once for owners Gary and Mary West.

"Pat Day, baby," Stewart said Monday at Churchill Downs. "He's winning races all over the world."

Indeed, on Saturday, Day won the Grade 1 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont aboard With Anticipation, and Sunday he won the Grade 1 Atto Mile at Woodbine on Good Journey. Stewart said that Dollar Bill, who worked a half-mile Sunday in 48.40 seconds at Churchill, is coming up to the Kentucky Cup in "great shape."

Dollar Bill is one of at least seven horses expected to run in the $400,000 KC Classic, a Grade 2 race run at 1 1/8 miles. Others likely are Abreeze, Hero's Tribute, Nothing Flat, Pure Prize, Tenpins, and There's Zealous. Several other nominees also are under consideration.

Besides Day, other top jockeys expected to ride Saturday at Turfway include Robby Albarado, Kent Desormeaux, Richard Migliore, and Mike Smith.

Neither D. Wayne Lukas nor Bob Baffert will have a Classic starter, but both trainers are expected to run at least one horse in the other four Kentucky Cup events. In those races:

* Trip, with Day to ride, will defend her championship in the $200,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup when facing at least seven other fillies and mares. The rest of the field could include Gal on the Go, Happily Unbridled, Lotta Rhythm, Magic Storm, Netherland, Red N'Gold, and Softly. Trip, trained by Shug McGaughey, is unbeaten in four career starts at Turfway.

* Probably the most competitive race of the day will be the $150,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint, the Grade 2, six-furlong race that in recent years has produced such standouts as Reraise, Caller One, and Snow Ridge. At least 11 3-year-olds are being pointed to the Sprint: Bold Truth, Boston Common, Day Trader, Ecstatic, Flying Free, Matanzas Creek, Premier Performer, Relentless Seller, Richest Half, Sky Terrace, and Still Be Smokin'.

* It is unlikely that the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile will have the quality of winner from the last two runnings: Point Given won in 2000 and Repent won last year. Yet at least eight 2-year-olds will give it a try: Boston Park, Captain Amour, Echeverria, Larson E Whipsnade, Private Gold, Rapid Proof, Tito's Beau, and Vindication.

* A field of nine is coming together for the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies: Air Marshall, Atlantic Ocean, Beautiful Treasure, Dance Hall Girl, Devil at the Wire, Fabulous Brush, Glorious Miss, Ruby's Reception, and Westerly Breeze.

Chartered flights from California and New York are scheduled to transport most of the Kentucky Cup shippers to Turfway on Wednesday. Entries will be drawn Thursday at a press breakfast at the track.

First post Saturday is noon. The Turfway program will include several simulcast races from Kentucky Downs, the Franklin, Ky., track that opens a seven-day meet Saturday.